The Abbey of Redwall and all its peaceful inhabitants by a ravenous invader. From the frozen north, Gulo the Savage and his pack of white-furred vermin have landed to slaughter Gulo's brother, cannibalize the land, and seize the fabled Walking Stick. Can anybody stop this vicious beast-eating wolverine? A new hero named Rakkety Tam musters all his squirrel courage to seize the day. Redwaaaaaaal!
The Redwall series marches on with Rakkety Tam by Brian Jacques. Gulo the Savage-a cannibalistic wolverine with an army of foxes and ermines-invades, searching for the "Walking Stone" his brother Askor stole. King Araltum and Igda Drayqueen turn to the surly, squirrelly warriors Rakkety Tam MacBurl and Wild Doogy Plumm to find Gulo and repossess their kingdom's banner, as Gulo advances on Redwall. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Brian Jacques takes us back to the world of Redwall in this story about the fearless warrior Rakkety Tam. Gulo the Savage (know for eating his enemies) seeks the Walking Stone, but the Abbey of Redwall stands in his way. Worried about the fate of the Abbey, Armel the squirrel maiden has a vision of Martin. Martin tells her to give his sword to a "warrior who sold and lost his sword." Armel and her friend Brooky set off to find this warrior, but are captured by Captain Shard. When Tam and his friend Doogy rescue them, Armel realizes that Tam is the person to whom she should give the sword. The animals all band together to defend the Abby against Gulo and his minions. This epic adventure will well-satisfy the fans waiting for the next "Redwall" novel. Newcomers to the series may have a bit of trouble keeping the characters straight (a glossary of names would have been a welcome addition). Elliot's black and white drawings at the beginning of each chapter provide a wonderful yet non-intrusive illustration of this adventure-packed story. 2004, Philomel Books, Ages 10 up.
Amie Rose Rotruck
The peace and security of Mossflower Country and Redwall Abbey is threatened by the most vicious adversary since the time of the legendary Martin the Warrior. From the frozen northern wastelands, cannibal Gulo the Savage and his vermin cohorts pursue his brother, Askor. Askor has stolen the symbol of power, the Walking Stone, for which Gulo murdered their father. Gulo and his horde find Mossflower's woods and its creatures much to their "taste" as they pillage and devour all in their path. But there is help from the highlands-soldier of fortune Rakkety Tam MacBurl and his valiant companion, Wild Doogy Plumm, will march with the hares of the fabled Long Patrol Regiment, wielding the sword of Martin as Redwall's newest champions. Redwall series fanatics will rejoice at the latest installment in this epic animal fantasy of good versus evil, and newbies need not fear jumping in midstream for a taste of a master storyteller's trademark action, humor, colorful characters, and the acquaintance of two truly unique comrades in arms. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, Philomel, 432p., Ages 12 to 18.
Gr 5-9-Jacques once again delivers a heroic tale of friendship, valor, and a battle between good and evil. Gulo the Savage and his army of vermin invade Mossflower Country to murder his brother and capture the coveted Walking Stone. Rakkety Tam MacBurl, a highland warrior, and his companion Wild Doogy Plumm, join forces with the hares of the Long Patrol Regiment and the occupants and friends of Redwall Abbey to defeat the villains. Numerous battles occur across Mossflower Country and eventually end at the doorstep of Redwall Abbey. This fast-paced adventure will keep readers on their toes until the final battle. Elliot's ink sketches appear at the head of each chapter, giving readers a glimpse of what is to come. Some characters' accents may pose a slight challenge for those not familiar with the previous books. The colorful writing style, the strong cast of characters, and twisting plot will continue to delight fans of the series.-Christine McGinty, Albany Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Praise for the Redwall series
“Brian Jacques has the true fantasy writer’s ability to create a wholly new and believable world.” –School Library Journal
“The medieval world of Redwall Abbey—where gallant mouse warriors triumph over evil invaders—has truly become the stuff of legend.” –Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“A grand adventure story. Once the reader is hooked, there is no peace until the final page.” –Chicago Sun-Times
“Jacques’s effortless, fast-paced narrative gets its readers quickly hooked. He clearly loves this other world he has created—there’s a genius sense of involvement and care (lots of lovingly descriptive passages), as well as an overflowing, driving imagination.” –Birmingham Post
“Redwall is both an incredible and ingratiating place, one to which readers will doubtless cheerfully return.” –New York Times Book Review
“An excellent adventure with an enlightened conscience. Brilliantly complex. With vibrant and distinct animal characters, Jacques’s classically inspired plot-weaving achieves virtuosity.” –Publishers Weekly
“Only a churl would reject this morality play in fur.” –Kirkus Reviews
“Filled with the kind of vibrant storytelling that fans of Jacques have come to expect. His dialogue is lively and delightful to read aloud…so rich in detail that the sights and sounds and smells of the adventure pull the reader in.” –Grand Rapids Press (MI)
“A richly imagined world in which bloody battles vie for attention with copious feasting and tender romancing. Where males and females are heroes and warriors. Where the young triumph and the old endure. Where intelligence is as valued as strength and wit is frequently more important than size…[Jacques] continues to surprise and delight with intriguing plots and fresh faces.” –Cincinnati Enquirer
“The Knights of the Round Table with paws.” –The Sunday Times (London)